Baby grand pianos are grand pianos that do not
exceed 6' in length.
Concert Grand Piano
Grand pianos in excess of 7 feet 6
inches in length but not in excess of 9 feet are called concert grand
Grand pianos in excess of 6 feet in length but not in excess of 6 feet 6
inches are called studio grand pianos.
Parts of a
of an Upright Piano Can you identify the parts?
Click on any part of the piano to see if you are right! (Use the grand piano schematic to the left as a guide.)
Player Piano Roll
How a player piano works is a
bit too complicated to discuss here but, if you want to read all about
it, just click on the picture of the piano roll (above).
Pedals of a Piano
There are three pedals on most pianos. These pedals are (left to
right): una corda, sostenuto, and damper. The una corda is more commonly known as the soft pedal.
Just as the name implies, it is used to play more softly. The sostenuto pedal is used the least of all three pedals.
It's purpose is to give the pianist the ability to sustain some notes (the ones with the dampers up when the pedal is pressed) but not all the notes.
The damper pedal is also known as the sustain pedal. Pressing this pedal keeps all the dampers lifted from the strings and allows them to continue to sound long beyond the time
they were originally struck.
Miss Music At Work
The music playing on this page is "Sonata in B" by our
October, 2007, Composer of the Month,